With stunning hill, city, and harbour views and a variety of courses to suit all abilities, the Crater Rim Ultra includes the Hansen Park Kids Dash, Rapaki Rumble 10km, Kiwi Challenge 22km, Bellbird Buster 30km, Crater Rim 53km or Ultra 80km where you will run over extinct volcanoes along the Crater Rim.
The Loburn 68 replaces the Takahe to Akaroa, and this year is the venue for the New Zealand National Road Relays. DGRS will be seeking to at least repeat last years 3rd overall club in New Zealand success. We expect again to field some very competitive teams, with the Canterbury Road Champs on the 26 August being the main selection event. But even if you don't make a team aiming for a podium finish, there will be a place for you in a DGRS team aiming for collectively do the best we can and enjoy what is the premier Club event of the season. Registration by Friday 8 September so that Don can organise the teams.
Held on this course since 1962, this event has a chasing start which aims to create a mass finish by the slowest runners heading off first and the faster runners chasing them home. Most of the runners finish within 4 minutes of each other. As a DGRS runner Don will estimate your 5km time for you. Please enter by 7pm on Thursday 7 September.
Relay event at Lake Roto Kohatu for teams of 4 running 5km each (over 16) or 2.5km each (under 16). A mixed adult and child option is also available. Unregistered runners can compete in this event, but $20 adults and $10 U16. Registered Athletes $10 and $5. Entries close 6pm on Sunday 27th August.
The Canterbury "Champions of the Roads" are the grade winners in this Canterbury Road Running Championship event hosted by Athletics Canterbury. Olivia Ritchie was the 2023 women's champion! This Championship event offers registered athletic club runners the opportunity to be selected to represent Canterbury in National Road Championships. This is also the primary DGRS selection event for the Road Relay teams. Entries close Sunday 20th August at 6pm.
The tradition of the Holloway Memorial, which originally used the Trentham racecourse, is revisited with the event now being held at the Motukarara Race Course. The race has over the years had a reputation as a “proper cross country” and the undulating 2km course on variable terrain at Motukarara will continue that tradition. Entries close Sunday 30 July at 6pm.
The Kennett Cup races are between 2 and 9 km with one steeple at end of the first lap, then two steeples per lap. These steeples are wider and more stable than sprint hurdles at 750mm high with two lower rails that small athletes can climb on. The rule is that you choose to either go over a steeple (taking the shortest line) or run around far end. Registrations close 6pm Sunday 9 July.
The Andrew Reese Relay @ The Willows is set in the Willows Recreation area, with a mixture of shingle stop bank roads, undulating single track and forest trails with one lap covering approx. 2.5km. With teams made up of 3 runners each, the juniors will run one lap and the seniors two. Registrations close 6pm Sunday 4 June.
The Rawhiti Races is the first of the fast- paced individual runs of the season. It is a challenging event over the ups & downs of Rawhiti domain, run over a mix of grass and trail. There is a "short-course option" for all runners 20 years and older. Registrations close Sunday 21 May.